In late December 2015, downtown Middletown’s DORA district was the first authorized by the state of Ohio. Since then, other Ohio cities have created their own DORA districts or have contacted Middletown officials for information and advice periodically, said Jennifer Ekey, the city’s economic development coordinator.
Ekey said many of the questions city officials are asked focus on the overall experience of having a DORA district and how the city and businesses manage it.
Shelby Quinlivan, city communications coordinator, said there have not been any incidents in the city’s DORA district. She said the city’s largest concern is the trash generated but that the city already has a plan to reduce that issue.
Quinlivan said city officials have met with the downtown businesses and are planning on having a single DORA cup instead of each establishment coming up with its own unique cup for patrons to use outside.
In Butler County, Hamilton is in the process of establishing a DORA district.
Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith said the public hearing for the DORA is scheduled for Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, when the first reading of the ordinance will be read.
Liz Hayden, Hamilton’s planning director, said the goal is to have it in effect by May 1.